AT&T* Collaborates with the American Indian College Fund to Donate Pandemic Supplies to Northwest Indian College
Thanks to a generous contribution from AT&T, the American Indian College Fund has donated $58,444.80 in pandemic-related supplies including hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and gloves to the Northwest Indian College. This donation will help the College continue its operations while safely serving tribal communities.
“We are glad to play our part to help provide the critical resources Native communities need to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected Native Americans this year,” said Tom Brooks, Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs at AT&T. “There is much more work to be done to ensure Native American communities have access to the resources needed to get through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We look forward to continuing this vital work with the American Indian College Fund and American Indian Higher Education Consortium to address this.”
Northwest Indian College was among more than 20 tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) across the country to receive a portion of AT&T’s generous contribution, which totaled 1.5 million dollars.
Justin Guillory, President of NWIC, said, “NWIC and its surrounding tribes were greatly impacted by the pandemic, and its effects have been devastating. As an educational institution, we needed to continue to serve our students while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone that needed to come to campus. We are grateful for all of the support from AT&T and the AICF.”
The American Indian College Fund has been a longtime supporter of NWIC, and Cheryl Crazy Bull was a past president of NWIC.
Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund said, “On behalf of our tribal colleges and universities and our sister organization, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, I want to share our deep appreciation of AT&T’s gift of pandemic-related supplies for our communities. Our rural, economically distressed communities need support to protect the health and well-being of students and their families. The commitment of AT&T to helping address health and other disparities in the U.S. is demonstrated through their generous support.”
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About the American Indian College Fund—The American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for 31 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer” and provided $9.25 million in scholarships to American Indian students in 2019-20, with scholarships, program, and community support totaling over $237 million since its inception. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit www.collegefund.org.
About the Northwest Indian College—NWIC is the only regional tribal college in the Pacific Northwest, and the only accredited tribal college in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), recently extended NWIC’s accreditation to include distance learning, so students can continue their education remotely. Located on the Lummi Indian reservation near Bellingham WA, NWIC also operates six, full-service sites at reservations in Washington and Idaho. The College’s student body is represented by over 130 tribes from across the country.